Hi My Loves!!!
Tomorrow is a huge day in the Schuerman home ;) Our beautiful little baby girl Lily is turning one. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. You think your life goes by so fast and then you have kids and it goes by 100 times faster. I feel like I just brought her home from the hospital and now look at her.... laughing, smiling, crawling, standing. It's unbelievable to me. It's making me tear up as I write this. I no longer have a tiny baby but a beautiful little toddler in the making.
At this time last year, I was in labor in complete agony (literally) waiting for the arrival of our first daughter. I had wished for a daughter ever since we decided we wanted kids and when we found out we were having a girl, we were so excited. I instantly started planning all of the fun girly things we could do together. Lily had always been my favorite name for a girl especially with it being one of my Mom's favorite flowers and a dear friends name who had passed away and who I had loved so much. It was the perfect name for my daughter. That is how we decided on the name Lily :)
I will be doing a video dedicated to Lily on my Mommy channel, that I'm hoping to get up for her birthday tomorrow. We have been so busy getting prepared for her birthday and then with the kids both getting sick (worst timing ever) I haven't had the chance to make the elaborate video I wanted but I'm going to work on it tonight until my eyes won't stay open :) So be sure you are subscribed to that channel so you don't miss it!
I will also be doing a 12 month update once we have been to the doctors and gotten her measurements etc, so stay tuned for that.
Let's get on to some of my favorite moments that happened in the last month or so before she turns 1 year. I still can't believe I have a 1 year old and a 2 1/2 year old!! Seems so crazy that they are so big already. I swear I was just pregnant with Phoenix ;)
Here's Lily helping me inspect my Glossybox.... this girl sure takes after her Mama and loves her makeup!
She also LOVES the camera :) If there is a camera nearby you can be sure that she will give you a beautiful smile.
Lily and Phoenix love to color, she enjoys being a big girl and hanging out with her brother no matter what he's doing.
Look how cute that face is!!
What an artist :) She is OBSESSED with chalk. I was so surprised the first time we gave it to her because she immediately starting coloring with it. Quite impressive I think :)
Sharing with her Mama :)
Last month we visited our Uncle in our old stomping grounds where Phoenix was born. Lily had so much fun watching his chickens and playing in the dirt. Here's his impressive corn.
She had so much fun at our friends birthday party, playing in the pool. Lily is a major water baby. ANy kind of water whether it's bath time or at the pool she is all for it :)
We went and visited my hometown where I grew up, South Lake Tahoe, CA. It was so nice to be back in the town where my Mom was still alive and healthy and go and visit all of the places I loved. Having our little family back there made me feel so happy to see how far I've come and how blessed I am to have such healthy, beautiful children, an amazing husband and of course my lovely little Moo.
Lily LOVED the beach.... like I said she's a water baby. We don't have beaches where we live so it was so nice for the kids to play in the sand and water. Lily had the best time in this little area just splashing away.
We went to a children discovery center which was so much fun. Lily loved looking at everything and playing in the little kids room.
Her little hair wings are the cutest in this picture!!
We went up to Virginia City, NV which was a great time. I used to go up there all the time as a child with my Mom & Dad and of course Brad & BS. It was so nice taking our babies up there with Uncle Rob. Lily loved this horsey :)
I think she loved taking her picture with Daddy even more ;)
11 months old and she's already been to jail..... haha!! Well, pretend jail that is ;) She didn't seem impressed.
Lily is such a happy baby. She is always smiling and playing with Phoenix. She loves her big brother and any chance she gets to do what he's doing, she takes. She laughs hard and it's like music to my ears. There is nothing a Mother wants to hear more than the laughter of her babies. It's like heaven.
Lily has such a fun personality. She's silly and fun and so curious ;) She was dying to wipe her toothbrush on my face mask.
Lily loves getting her teeth brushed. I think she would let me do it forever if I wanted. She sits there so still with her little mouth open just waiting for me to brush. When I ask her if she wants to brush her teeth, she lets out a chuckle and a huge grin... every time :)
She also loves to climb all over me ;)
And on the bouncy castle too!
Seeing your baby pull them self up and stand for the first time is such a beautiful moment. It's so happy yet sad at the same time because you know that little tiny baby that you feel like you just brought home is now becoming a big girl and growing up so fast. Soon enough they won't fall asleep in your arms so peacefully and sweet. Cherish the moments you have with your babies. You will never get it back.
We haven't quite mastered stacking blocks but she's very good at throwing them on the floor and giving them to me :)
And to her brother.... or anyone really :)
That smile is worth 1000 words. It's what makes my life complete. Our babies are the best thing that has ever and will ever happen to us in our lifetime. They have changed our lives, our everything and for that I am truly grateful to them, for they have made us better people.
Look at those standing skills!!
So this is for Lily, my angel, my beautiful little baby girl. I am so blessed and thankful to have you in my life. I have always wanted a daughter to share everything that I didn't get to share with my Mom and I hope I can be the best Mommy to you that you could ever dream of. I love you with all of my heart and couldn't imagine a more perfect daughter. You are beautiful, smart, sweet, loving and the best little snuggle bunny. You make my days full of laughter and love. You teach me things, I could never have known without you and you've made me a better person. Daddy, Phoenix and Moo love you so much and we hope you have the best first birthday! Thank you for blessing our lives and making our family complete. You and your brother are my true angels and I can't express the love I feel for you both.
I love you.
Now that my snots running down my face and tears have soaked my hair and shirt..... I think I shall go and work on that video and peek in on my peacefully sleeping little angels :) I didn't think Lily turning one would be so emotional for me but I'm sitting here crying like a baby. Jay saw me crying and came and asked what was wrong and I said I just can't believe my baby is one. He's smiled and said I was sweet and that's what makes me such a great Mom, because I love them so much. At the end of the day, we all mistakes parenting.... but if you can show your babies all the love in the world and let them know each and every day how important and special they are to you, well then I think you are doing pretty good. I'm sure your kids would agree :) No child ever looked back and said, "Well, my parents loved me too much!" When Phoenix comes up and tells me he loves me and Lily snuggles her head into my shoulder with a sweet little smile.... that is what life is about. I LIVE for those moments of pure joy and love.
Thanks so much for reading!